Due to their school schedule, Summer is the time when many of our au pairs from Colombia, Brazil and Mexico come to join host families. This year we are also welcoming au pairs from Panama!
Culturally, Latin American au pairs are warm, friendly and very family oriented. They often have experience caring for kids of many ages, having grown up in large tight-knit families.
Host mom and Field Placement Manager, Andrea Birkel recently welcomed an au pair from Mexico and shares, “I was torn between trying out an au pair from a new culture or sticking with what I knew. My husband urged me to take a look at some profiles of au pairs from Latin America, which I had never considered. We ended up welcoming an au pair from Mexico and we are beyond thrilled with her. Here are some reasons why:
1) Our kids are her kids. She is incredibly family oriented and loves the kids like they are her own. She snuggles and plays with them with such affection and warmth, like an older sister would.
2) Open communication. She’s great about finding the right time to talk to us throughout the week to check in. Sometimes she’ll sit down in the living room with me to help me fold laundry or empty the dishwasher and we’ll just talk about anything going on with the kids or just chat.
3) Although she loves to go out and socialize with other au pair friends she’s met here, she doesn’t drink. So it’s just another thing I don’t have to worry about.
4) She speaks Spanish! As she has organized playdates for the kids and met other moms in the community, she is able to connect easily with American moms since there are many who either have been to Mexico, know some Spanish, or even love Mexican food, which is one of her favorite topics. And of course it has been fun to watch the kids learning a few words in Spanish.”
Do you have your Summer childcare all set? Consider talking to one of our many wonderful Latin American au pairs. You will be happy you did.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 11:59 AM